All invited to SIU’s Haunted Hollow Oct. 22
CARBONDALE, Ill. — What better way is there to celebrate the Halloween season than at the Haunted Hollow, Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s family friendly festival at Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center on Oct. 22.
It’s an all-day fun fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free. All ages are welcome, and participants are encouraged to wear costumes.
The Haunted Hollow, a longtime popular tradition in the region, will feature a haunted hayride and a haunted cabin with “frights” in abundance. But organizers say not to worry, as these activities aren’t too scary for even young children.
Various creepy crawlers will make guest appearances, and participants will get the opportunity to learn about them, and even hold snakes, lizards and other forest wildlife. Or enjoy playing family games or take an interpretive nature walk.
There will be a wide variety of other activities too, including a portable climbing wall, a bouncy house, face painting and much more. A few activities as well as refreshments, including grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, beverages and frightening desserts, require the purchase of tickets at a nominal cost.
Open to all, accessible
The diverse activities are suitable for all ages. Haunted Hollow will take place rain or shine, so participants are encouraged to dress accordingly for the day’s weather.
Touch of Nature, located about 8 miles south of Carbondale off Giant City Road, is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.